Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1791   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of "Charles the fifth", the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition.

This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus Classic.

The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

Was 8% abv in 2000-2002, 10% in 2003 and 11% in 2004.

DISCLAIMER: This is a dark beer and the label has a blue diagonal line.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Nice dark brown/orange color. Smell is dark fruits, alcohol, brown sugar. Taste is much the same, some plum, fig, raisin, burnt sugar, with a nice alcohol kick. Fairly sweet, but a nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Dark fruits,malt,yeast and alcohol make up the aroma.Pours dark brown with a light off white head.The alcohol is noticable in the flavor along with some dark fruits and yeast.Medium to full mouthfeel with some alcohol,yeast and malt in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This offering has been aged since 2004, so it is about 3 years old. It pours a dark brown, with some light penatration. Leaving no head at all, the aroma is dark pitted fruit, plum, pears, raisins, dark syrup, wow so complex and sweet leaving a port like quality for all to admire. The taste starts cordial, moving to just a faint amount of hops but showcasing a malty, sweet, syrupy delight. The taste mirrors the nose dark fruit, raisins, plums, prunes, and finishes syrupy in the back of the palate. This is one fanastic aged brew and I’m glad I got a full growler of this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2007
Candy sugar, apple, very complex, but it ends up too sweet for my liking. Maybe some more years in the bottle would have made it more interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
broken013 (7) - lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2007 does not count
very strong and intense beer. so many flavors hit you at once that its hard to discribe. if you can find this beer drink a few and then let the rest ferment for years to come

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maverick34 (3171) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Wow! I just stumbled on to this, inexplicably, a huge stash is newly arrived at my local supermarket across the street. Pours very dark brown black w/some head and some lacing. Aroma is strong, taste is strong and malty, some sweet & fruit tastes, I guess the alcohol is noticeable though I really don’t mind. Surprisingly good! Buying decent beer from regular grocers in Manhattan is tough so when your local provison store somehow, some way, ends up with a stash of this, you take notice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours a pretty dark brown/black color with a not much head, though inside the bottle was foamy as hell after I poured. Looks intense. Aroma is strong, syrupy malts. A bit of alcohol and the normal yeasty, strong belgian smell. Taste is strong, with some alcohol. Sweet, thick, and fruity. A little sweet and maybe a tad too much alcohol taste but I can’t complain. This was quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a quick fading bright brownish head. Aroma is rich with fruit, caramel and hops. Taste is sweet and smooth with raisin cherry finish. Alcohol warms but does not intrude on the taste. $9/750ml

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3275) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Dark red - light brown color with a light brownish head. Aroma sweet, fruity. Tastes alcholol along with strong malt, spices, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2007
2006 bottle,huge grape and raisin aroma,reminds me of a Mogan David Wine,other dark fruits evident,also a whoosh of alcohol. Huge dark fruit,raisin date ,grape taste,there is a sweetness to it. There is a touch of hop bitterness ,but thats mostly overwhelmed by the malt and yeast product. Alcohol presence always there,but not a problem. When this alcohol tones down,this will be a classic. As for now ,its merely fantastic

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